Peru Birding for 1000


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Day 1: Arrive in Lima

Arrive at Lima International Airport and a partner of PTB will pick you up and transfer you to our hotel selected for this tour. Overnight

Day 2: Lomas de Lachay, Paraiso Lagoon, Santa Eulalia

Morning drive for 1 hour and 40 minutes to the north of Lima to reach Lomas de Lachay Reserve (105 km) a Coastal hill forest in the middle of the coastal desert where we can find: Coastal Miner, Thick-billed Miner, Cactus Canastero, Raimondis Yellow-Finch, Black-chested Buzzard-Eagle, Variable Hawk, American Kestrel, Vermilion Flycatcher, Collared Warbling-finch, House Wren, Oasis Hummingbirds, Amazilia Hummingbirds, Andean Tinamou, Least Seedsnipe, Peruvian Meadowlark, Band-tailed Sierra-Finch and some others species according to the season. After some hours of birding, we will drive to our next birding place “Albufera Paraiso” for coastal species, a coastal wetland which is a nice place for some migrants and resident species, such as Puna Plover, Peruvian Tern, Peruvian Pipit, Chilean Flamingo, Kelp, Belchers, Gray, Gray-hooded Gulls, Inca Tern, Many-colored Rush-tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Great Grebe, White-checked Pintail, Yellow-crowned, Black-crowned Night-herons, and several other ones. After a great day, we Will drive to Santa Eulalia town to spend a night in a nice hotel.

Day 3: Birding Santa Eulalia Valley, Polylepis Forest, Milloq Bogs, Lakes

Early start our birding day for Black-necked Woodpecker, Peruvian pygmy-owl, Oasis Hummingbird, and Peruvian Sheartail then we will continue our drive for Bronzy-tailed Comet, Black Metaltail, Chestnut-bellied Brush-finch, Rusty-crowned Tit-Spinetail and we will pass nearby a small Polylepis forest, small lagoons, bogs where we will be at 4,200 m high where we need to walk slowly and try to get some target species: White-bellied Cinclodes, Puna Snipe, Andean Condor, Great Inca-Finch, Bare-faced Ground-Dove, Andean Swift, Peruvian, Purple-collared Woodstar, Pied-crested Tit-Tyrant, Yellow-billed Tit-tyrant, White-browed Chat-Tyrant, White-capped Dipper, Chiguanco Thrush, Cinereous Conebill, Mourning Sierra-Finch, Band-tailed Seedeater, Golden-bellied Saltator, Striated Earthcreeper, White-winged Diuca-Finch, Peruvian Sierra Finch, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, White-bellied Cinclodes, Andean Goose, Puna Snipe, Giant Coot, Black-breasted Hillstar, Mountain Caracara, Andean Flicker, Dorbignys Chat-Tyrant and many more.

Day 4: Marcapomacochas lake & Surroundings, Ticlio Pass, Junin

Today we will look for birds mainly located at this elevation and habitat or any that we probably missed before as Junin Canastero, Anden Negrito, Puna Snipe, Gray-breasted & Rufous-bellied Seedsnipe, Diademed Sandpiper-Plover, Crested Duck, Silvery Grebe, White-bellied Cinclodes and some others. Then we will head up to Ticlio Pass for another chance if we still missing some species. After a morning search, we will start our birding drive to Junin town overnight.

Day 5: Junin Grebe Search & Surroundings, drive to Huanuco - Carpish Tunnel

Morning boat trip at Junin lake looking for Junin Grebe as the main target specie but we might see also Silvery Grebe, Andean, Yellow-billed Teal, Yellow-billed Pintail, Crested Duck, Chilean Flamingo, Many-colored Rush-tyrant, Wren-like Rushbird, Giant Coot and several others, After the nice boat ride we will search for Junin Rail, Dark-winged Miner, Black-breasted Hillstart. Then we will start our drive to Huanuco town and Carpish Tunnel for the rest of the afternoon birding for Peruvian Wren, Yellow scarfed, and Grass-Green. Blue-capped Tanager and many more. Then we will spend the night in Churubamba place which is located much closer to our next birding place.

Day 6: Birding Bosque Unchoq

Early drive to Cochabamba Village which is the entrance to Bosque Unchoq. There we will need to drive about 10 kilometers to get to the trail and start our birding time. The trail is only 2 kilometers but the trail is a bit difficult and humid where we will get at to 3,600 meters of elevation to search for Bay-Vented Cotinga, Golden-backed Mountain-Tanager, Red-rumped Bush-Tyrant, Paramo Pipit, Paramo Seedeater, Coppery Metaltail, Yellow-Scarfed Tanager, Pardusco, Rufous-browed Hemispingus, Blue-mantled Thornbill, Mountain Velvetbreast, Violet-throated Starfrontlet, Black-throated Flowerpiercer, Rufous Antpitta sp Obscura, Undulated Antpitta, Rufous-breasted Chat-Tyrant, Pearled Treerunner, White-chinned Thistletail, Line-fronted Canastero, Large-footed Tapaculo, Neblina Tapaculo, Tschudis Tapaculo, Golden-collared Tanager, Ochraceous-breasted Flycatcher, Rufous-breasted Antthrush, Plushcap, Capped Conebill, Brown-flanked Tanager and many more. After a nice day, we will back to our place to rest.

Day 7: Biding Carpish, Paty Trail, Drive to Tingo Maria, Tarapoto

Early start birding at Carpish tunnel for some missing species and explore Paty Trail for some mixed flocks of Tanagers, then we will start our drive to Tingo Maria town where is located the place Cueva de las Lechuzas “Owl he Cave” where we can find hundreds of Oilbird birds and several other species around the Reserve. And then we will start our birding drive to Tarapoto town for a night.

Day 8: Birding drive to Bellavista & Plataforma place

Early start our birding adventure to Bellavista town where we can find Huallaga Slaty Antshrike, Ashy-headed Greenlet, Planalto Hermit, Rufous Casiornis, Mishana Tyrannulet, Comb Duck, Stripe-chested Antwren, and along the rice plantation Spotted, Blackish Rail. Then we will start our adventure to Plataforma village. We will find several mixed flocks with the chance to find Napo Sabrewing and Blackish Pewee which have been seen along the road. The road is not paved and it is unmaintained but is the only way to get to the place. Usually take between 4-to-6-hour drive to reach the village of Plataforma with the chance to find one of the main target species Scarlet-banded Barbet near or as soon we arrive. After we arrive, we will explore the area for some other species surrounding the area for Chestnut-tipped Toucanet, Scaled, Fiery-throated, and Scarlet-breasted Fruiteaters, the foothill form of Long-tailed Woodcreeper which is soon to be described as a new species, Grey-tailed Piha, Rose-fronted Parakeet, Foothill and Slaty Antwren, Rufous-breasted Antthrush. Scaled Antpitta, Foothill Schiffornis, Short-tailed Antthrush, Ash-browed, and Chestnut-throated Spinetail, Yellow-throated Spadebill, Yellow-cheeked Becard, Andean Lanisoma, Roraiman Flycatcher and Jet, Yungas and Blue-rumped Manakin, Grey-mantled Wren, Blue-browed, Golden-eared, and Straw-backed Tanager, White-crowned Tapaculo and if the weather permits, we will try for Vermiculated Screech-Owl, Subtropical Pygmy-Owl (rare) and Band-bellied Owl.

Day 9: Birding Plataforma & Drive back to Tarapoto

Morning birding for Cordillera Azul Antbird, Scarlet-Banded Barbet, Scarlet-breasted, Scaled Fruiteater, and some other missing species. After a full morning, we will start our birding drive back to Tarapoto overnight.

Day 10: Escalera Reserve, Aconabikh Station, Moyobamba

Early morning drive up to the tunnel at Cordillera Escalera for Rose-fronted Parakeet, Blackish Pewee, Rough-legged Tyrannulet, Slaty-capped Shrike-vireo, además del Cliff Flycatcher, Flavescent Flycatcher, Streaked Flycatcher, Swallow Tanager, Yellow-crested Tanager, Magpie Tanager, Black-faced Dacnis, Yellow-headed Caracara, Green Honeycreeper, Olive Tanager, Rufous-bellied Euphonia, Pink-throated Brilliant, White-throated Woodpecker, Plumbeous Euphonia, Dotted Tanager, Curl-crested Aracari, Garlepps Parakeet, Gilded Barbet, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Ivory-billed Aracari, Yellow-tufted Woodpecker, Purple-throated Euphonia, Blue-gray Tanager, Palm Tanager, Paradise Tanager, Silvery Tanager, Bay-headed Tanager, Swallow Tanager, Blue Dacnis, Purple Honeycreeper and many more. Then we will visit the next place Hermit Station trails and surroundings for Golden-headed Manakin, Thrush-like Antpitta, Peruvian Antwarbler, Black-faced Antthrush, Blue-crowned Manakin, Blue-backed Manakin, Fiery-capped manakin, Red-billed Toucanet, Hairy-crested Antbird, White-plumed Antbird, Black-faced Antbird, White-flanked Antwren, Pygmy Antwren, Golden-collared Woodpecker, Spixs Guan, Gold-collared Toucanet and at the feeder for hummingbirds Koepckes Hermit, Goulds Jewelfront, Black-throated Mango, White-necked Jacobin and some other species according to the season. After a nice morning, we will drive to Moyobamba town where is Waqanki property which provides also great species of hummingbirds in the nice garden at the lodge surroundings and feeders where we can find Rufous-crested coquette, Black-throated Hermit, Brown Violetear, Grey-breasted Sabrewing, White-chinned Sapphire, White-necked Jacobin, Great-billed Hermit, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Fork-tailed Woodnymph and during the day mixed flocks of tanagers, flycatchers, trogons and Mishana Tyrannulet is found around. At the night there are some owls as Black-banded Owl, Tropical Screech-Owl.

Day 11: Birding Morro de Calzada, Misquiyacu trail, Abra Patricia

In the morning we will Explore the Misquiyacu trail hill forest searching among this place for Lafresnayes Piculet, Ornate Antwren, Black-and-white Tody-Flycatcher, Fiery-throated Fruiteater, Painted, Fiery-capped Manakins, Speckle-chested Piculet, Ash-throated Antwren and perhaps some mix flocks of species and after Morro de Calzada Reserve for Swallow Tanager, Paradise, Turquoise, Black-bellied Tanagers, Blue-crowned, Amazonian White-tailed Trogons, Western Striolated Puffbird, Short-tailed Pygmy-Tyrant, Blue-ground Dove, Masked Duck, Black-capped Donacobius, Rusty-backed Antwren, Wedge-tailed Grass-Finch. Then we will start our drive to Abra Patricia mountains and keep birding along the road with another stop at the rice plantation searching for Spotted Rail, Oriole Blackbird, Comb Duck, Wattled Jacana, and many more. Arena Blanca feeders and surroundings for Little Tinamou, Cinereous Tinamou, Grey-necked Wood-rail, Ruddy Quail-dove, Orange-billed Sparrow, Rufous-breasted Wood-quail, Rufous-throated Sapphire, Black-throated Brilliant, Blue-fronted Lancebill, Green Hermit, Reddish Hermit, Black-throated Hermit, Napo Sabrewing, Gray-breasted Sabrewing, Rufous-crested coquette, Wire-crested Thorntail, Long-billed Starthroat, Many-spotted Hummingbird, Sapphire-spangled Emerald, Golden-tailed Sapphire, Fork-tailed Woodnymph and some other hummingbird species according to the season. We usually arrive at Abra Patricia late afternoon with the chance to stop at Alto Nieva for the nice Long-whiskered Owlet and Cinnamon Screech-Owl.

Day 12: Birding Abra Patricia, Afluente, Alto Nieva

Early birding drive along the popular Abra Patricia mountains searching for mixed flocks along the main road for Grass-green Tanager, Yellow-scarfed Tanager, Rufous-browed Peppershrike, Russet-crowned Warbler, Inca Flycatcher, Green, and Black Fruiteater, Blue-winged Mountain-Tanager, Blue and Black Tanager, Spectacled Redstar and many more. Then at the lower part of the road will reach Afluente area (Llanteria) where we can find birds from mountain and cloudforest and humminbirds at the feeder in Lllanteria area with the chance to see walking along the main road Golden-naped Tanager, Huallaga Tanager, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Ash-throated Antwren, Russet Antshrike, Lined Antshrike, Rufous-rumped Foliage-gleaner, Spotted Barbtail, Ash-browed Spinetail, Ornate Flycatcher, Sepia-capped Flycatcher, Marble-faced Bristle-tyrant, Peruvian Tyrannulet, Olivaceous Greenlet, Blackish Antbird, Gilded Barbet, Ecuadorian Piedtail, Green Hermit, Grey-chinned Hermit, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, White-tipped Sicklebill, White-crowned Tapaculo, Lanceolated Monklet, Andean Cock-of-the-rock, Scaled Fruiteater with a stop at Fundo alto Nieva for the hummingbird feeder and searching for more species found along the valley such as Ochre-fronted Antpitta, Chestnut Antpitta, Rusty-tinged Antpitta, Rusty-breasted Antpitta, Black-throated Tody-Tyrant, Blue-and-black Tanager, White-faced Nunbird, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Emerald-bellied Puffleg, Long-tailed Sylph, White-bellied Woodstar, Bronzy Inca, Fawn-breasted Brilliant, Speckled Hummingbird, Lesser Violetear, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Grass-green Mountain-Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Barred Becard, Red-crested and Chestnut-crested Cotingas, Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant, Andean, white-eared Solitaries and many more and its time and climate permit we will search here for White-throated Screech-Owl, Rufous-banded Owl, Cinnamon Screech-Owl and the restricted Long-whiskered owlet.

Day 13: Birding San Lorenzo trail, Huembo Center, Bagua Chica, Jaen

Today we will explore the San Lorenzo trail for some endemic and restricted species found at this mountain ridge. This trail starts from 2,300 to 3,300 meters. The trail is not very easy but as soon as you find several of the species will be worth it. We can find along the trail: Russet-mantled Softtail, Northern Rufous-capped Antshrike, Peruvian Wren, Emerald Toucanet, Band-tailed Fruiteater, Barred Fruiteater, Black-throated Tody-tyrant, Spectacled Redstart, Chestnut-breasted Chlorophonia, Blue-and-black Tanager, Blue-winged, Grass-green, Lacrimose Mountain-tanagers, Cinnamon Flycatcher, Mountain Velvetbreast, Variable Antshrike, Red-crested Cotinga, Trilling Tapaculo, Blackish Tapaculo, Plain-tailed Wren, Oleaginous Hemispingus, Rufous Spinetail, Pale-Billed Antpitta, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Golden-plumed Parakeet. Then we will visit the Huembo Center for Marvelous Spatuletail and some other species of hummingbirds at the feeder. Then we will head to Bagua Chica Jaen for Little Inca-Finch, Marañon Crescentchest, Red-crested Finch, and many more found along this valley.

Day 14: Birding Jaen to Leymebamba

Morning birding for Marañon Crescentchest, Marañon Slaty-Antshrike, Chinchipe Spinetail. Tataupa Tinamou, Buff-bellied Tanager, Marañon Spinetail and several other species on our way to Leymebamba. Then in Leymebamba there is a feeder place for Purple-throated Sunangel, Rainbow Starfrontlet, and Sword-billed Hummingbird if time permits, we will explore the forest surroundings.

Day 15: Birding Marañon valley, Abra Negro Pass, Celendin

Early birding along the cloud forest for Russet-mantled Softtail, White-chinned Thistletail, Coppery Metaltail, Blackish Tapaculo, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Purple-throated Sunangel, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Northern Mountain Cacique, Red-hooded Tanager, Peruvian Treehunter and some other species. Then we will head to Celendin Abra Negro Pass searching for Buff-bellied Tanager, Grey-winged Inca-Finch, Chestnut-backed Thornbird, Marañon Thrush, Yellow-faced Parrotlet, Buff-bridled Inca-Finch, Peruvian Pigeon and many other species found along the road.

Day 16: Birding drive to Cajamarca

Early start to get into San Marcos for Great Spinetail, White-tailed Shrike-Tyrant Plain-tailed Warbling-Finch, Rufous-eared Brush-Finch, and Black-crested Tit-Tyrant, Rufous Antpitta, Jelskis Chat-Tyrant, Gray-bellied Comet, Unicolored Tapaculo and many more.

Day 17: Birding drive for Peruvian Plantcutter, Bosque Pomac, Olmos town

Early birding for any missing species and then we will head to Rafan for Peruvian Plantcutter as the main target specie at this small Algarrobo “carob” tree forest close to the Pacific Ocean, then we will drive along the beach for some coastal species with a stop at Eten Marsh for few more species. After a nice morning, we will explore Bosque Pomac for Rufous Flycatcher, Short-tailed Woodstar, Tumbes Hummingbird, Peruvian Sheartail, Amazilia Hummingbird, Oasis Hummingbird, Necklaced Spinetail, Superciliated Wren, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Grey-and-White Tyrannulet, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Collared Antshrike, White-tailed Jay, Cinereous Finch, White-edged Oriole, Tumbes Tyrant (E) and many others. Then we will visit a small marsh Eten and part of the coastline. After nice morning birding, we will drive to Bosque Pomac Reserve for Peruvian Plantcutter, Rufous Flycatcher, Short-tailed Woodstar, Peruvian Sheartail, Amazilia Hummingbird, Oasis Hummingbird, Necklaced Spinetail, Superciliated Wren, Tumbesian Tyrannulet, Grey-and-White Tyrannulet, Plumbeous-backed Thrush, Scarlet-backed Woodpecker, Collared Antshrike, White-tailed Jay, Cinereous Finch, White-edged Oriole, Tumbes Tyrant. After both nice places, we will keep moving on our tour into a small town arriving late afternoon to Olmos.

Day 18: Birding Abra/Limon de Porculla, Quebrada Limon

We will start our drive to Abra de Porculla for Piura Chat-Tyrant (E), Ecuadorian Piculet, Grey-browed Brush-finch, Bay-crowned Brush-finch, Henna-hooded Foliage-gleaner, Line-cheeked Spinetail, Gray, and Gold Tanager, Porculla Hermit, Black-cowled Saltator, Chapman’s Antshrike, Chestnut-crowned Antpitta, Three-banded Warbler, Long-tailed Sylph, Green-tailed Trainbearer and several other species. We will move to Quebrada Limon town for White-winged Guan, Elegant Crescentchest, White-headed Brush-Finch, Ecuadorian Trogon, Ecuadorian Piculet, Pacific Elaenia, Rufous Flycatcher, Guayaquil Woodpecker, Tumbes Tyrant, Tumbes Sparrow, Tumbes Hummingbird, Bairds Flycatcher, Parrot-billed Seedeater, Chestnut-throated Seedeater, Pacific Parrotlet, Collared Warbling-Finch, Tumbes Tyrannulet and several other species found here. Then after a full day of birding, we will drive to Chiclayo overnight.

Day 19: Flight to Lima- Villa Marshes (Pantanos de Villa) & Pucusana – Late afternoon flight to Cusco

Morning flight to Lima and as soon we arrive, we will head to Villa Marshes which is at 40 minutes from the airport. This nice natural reserve holds a great number of species residents and migrants such as Great Grebe, Pied-billed Grebe, Little Blue Heron, White-cheeked Pintail, Plumbeous Rail, Wren-like Rushbird, Many-colored Rush-Tyrant, Yellowish( Peruvian) Pipit, Peruvian Meadowlark, Yellow-hooded Blackbird, Andean (slate-colored) Coot, Peruvian Thick Knee, Burrowing Owl, Yellow-crowned & Black-crowned Night-Herons, Black Skimmer, Puna Ibis, Cinnamon Teal, Franklins, belchers, kelp, Gray-hooded, Gray Gulls and many others. Then we will need to drive for 40 minutes to get to Pucusana where we will have a short semi-pelagic trip on a local boat for one hour around searching for: Guanay and Red-legged Cormorants as well as Peruvian & Blue-footed Boobies, Inca Tern, Blackish Oystercatcher, Peruvian Pelican, Surf Cinclodes, Humboldt Penguin & many more. And if time permits, we can check Puerto Viejo & Some agricultural areas for Coastal Miner, Dark-face Ground-tyrant, Chestnut-throated Seedeater, Pied-crested Tit-tyrant, and many more, then we will back to the airport for our flight to Cusco.

Day 20: Mollepata & Birding to Soraypampa road up to 3,900 m

Morning drive to Limatambo town north of Cusco which is the entrance to Humantay Lagoon. This area provides great concentrations of endemic species and some Apurimac range distribution species. We usually find during this trip White-eared Puffbird, Apurimac Brush-Finch, Apurimac Spinetail, Vilcabamba Tapaculo, Apurimac Thistletail, Creamy-crested Spinetail, Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Finch, Rusty-fronted Canastero, White-tufted Sunbean, Giant Conebill, Tufted Tit-Tyrant just to mentions some of the jewels of the area and in the night after dinner, we will look for Koepcke’s Screech-owl and Buff-fronted Owl

Day 21: Birding to Abra Malaga, Carrizales & Ipal

Early drive to Ollantaytambo which is the main road up to one of the higher mountains Abra Malaga (4,330 mt) where we can find White-browed Tit-Spinetail, Puna Tapaculo, Streak-headed Antpitta, Ash-breasted Tit-Tyrant, Tawny Tit-Spinetail, Junin Canastero, Royal Cinclodes and many more. Then we will head to Carrizales at the eastern of the Pass searching for Marcapata Spinetail, Cusco Brush-Finch, Parodis Hemispingus, Inca Wren, Green & White Hummingbird, Ocellated Piculet on our way to Ipal Ecolodge for Swallow-tailed Hummingbird, Masked Fruiteater and several others. Then we will head back to Ollantaytambo.

Day 22: Train Trip to Machu Picchu!

Today we will be transferred to the train station in Ollantaytambo to start our trip to Aguas Calientes the entrance of one of the wonders " Machu Picchu" Inca Ruin. The train trip is for about 1 hour and 30 minutes with the opportunity to see the nice scenery of the cloud forest and the Urubamba River from the train through the windows. After our nice trip by train, we will have a bus trip up the mountains to get to the Famous Inca Ruin. There we will finally arrive at the gate of Machu Picchu, there we can spend as much time you prefer to stay along the Inca Site, but usually is around two hours or a bit more. Then we will back to the Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu town) town for lunch and after if time permits, we can do some birding along the Urubamba River for: Torrent Duck, White-capped Dipper, and some other species along the cloud forest: Inca Wren, Ocellated Piculet, Green & white Hummingbird, Chestnut-capped Brush-finch, Sclater’s Tyrannulet, Oleaginous Hemispingus and some other species usually seen there. Then we will take the train back to Cusco.

Day 23: Huacarpay Lake, Acjanaco Pass (3,100 m) to Manu Road (1,400 m)

Early start our day to Manu Road where we will enjoin a lot of different birds and amazing landscapes starting from Cusco at 3,399 (11,150 ft) and ending in the San Pedro area at 1,640 ft which will be our place to stay today. We will first stop at Huacarpay lake for a couple of hours searching for some species found there and then we will drive to Paucartambo village and Acjanaco pass where start Manu National Park. From there we will start our birding trip along Manu Road. We usually arrive at our first birding lodge at dusk.

Some species that we can see today: Andean Gull, Puna Ibis, Plumbeous Rail, Chiguanco Thrush, Andean Lapwing, Bearded Mountaineer (E), Band-tailed Seedeater, Hooded Siskin, Andean Flicker, Giant Hummingbird, Green-tailed, Black-tailed Trainbears, Rusty-fronted Canastero (E), Creamy-crested Spinetail (E), Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Finch (E), Black-throated, Masked, Moustached Flowerpiercers, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Golden-collared Tanager, Grass-green Tanager, Montane Woodcreeper, Streaked Tuftedcheek, Band-tailed Tyrannulet, Capped Conebill, Superciliaried Hemispingus and many more. Before dinner, we will try for Rufescent Screech-Owl, Lyre-tailed Nightjar.

Day 24: Manu Road birding & Lodge surroundings

Early visit for Andean Cock of the Rock  lek and then we will keep birding looking for Versicolored Barbet, Beryl-spangled, Saffron-Crown, Golden Tanagers and Orange-eared, Yellow-throated, Slaty, Golden-naped, Paradise, Blue-necked, Bay-headed, black-goggled Tanager, Yellow-bellied, Green & Gold, Spotted Tanagers, Deep-blue Flowerpiercer, Three-stripe Warbler, Russet-crowned Warbler, Black-faced Brush-finch, Golden-headed, Crested Quetzal, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Wire-crested Thorntail, Speckled Hummingbird, Violet-headed Hummingbird, Peruvian Piedtail (E), Many-spotted Humminbird, Botted Raquetail, Gray-mantled Wren, Blue-naped Chlorophonia, Mountain Foliage-Gleaner, Olive-Backed Woodcreeper, Stripe Threehunter, Scale-crested Pygmy-Tyrant, Marble-faced Bristle-Tyrant, Stripe-Chested Antwren, White-backed Fire-Eye, Black-eared Hemispingus, Yellow-breasted Antwren, Yungas Manakin, Yellow-throated, short-billed, common Chlorospingus, Dusky-Green, Russet-Backed, Crested Oropendolas, Rufous-tailed Tyrant, Chestnut-backed Antshrike, Unicolored Antshrike, Yellow-breasted Warbling Antbird and many more. Then we will head to the Pilcopata area with the chance to find at lower Manu Road for Red-billed Scythebill, Cinnamon-faced Tyrannulet, Violaceus, purple Jays, Chestnut-eared, Ivory-billed Aracaris, White-tufted, lineated, crimson-crested Woodpeckers and many more.

DAY 25: Birding for Bamboo species, hummingbirds, Tanager feeders

There are new birding spots close to the area: Mirador Pico de Oz & Inkamazonia both places have a hummingbird feeder and for tanager and some other species and we are used to visiting both places for Rufous-crested Coquette, Golden-tailed Saphire, Saphire-spangled, Blue-tailed Emeralds, Fork-tailed Woodnymph, White-necked Jacobin, Gray-breasted Saphirewing, Brown Violetear, Great-billed, White-bearded, Rufous-breasted, Koepckes Hermits and many more. And in the afternoon, we will do some of the trails of the lodge for a bamboo specialist such as Bamboo Antshrike, Striated, Manu, Goeldi’s, White-lined, Antbirds, Rufous-headed Woodpecker, White-cheeked tody-flycatcher, Black-backed tody-flycatcher and many more. And we will try to find some owls at dusk!

DAY 26: Birding Upper Manu Road up to 3,000 m

Today we will have a morning birding for some missing species along the bamboo trail before we leave and start our birding drive up to 3,000 meters where is located our last lodge in Manu Road. This area will provide us to watch: Scarlet-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Grass-green Mountain-Tanager, Chestnut-bellied Mountain-Tanager, Hooded Mountain-Tanager, Barred Becard, Red-crested and Chestnut-crested Cotingas, Slaty-backed Chat-tyrant, Golden-collared Tanager, Gray-breasted Mountain-Toucan, Blue-banded Toucanet, Red and White Antpitta (E), Marcapata Spinetail (E) Andean, white-cheeked Solitaries and many more.

Day 27: Birding & Transfer to Cusco airport, Puerto Maldonado, Lake Sandoval

Early birding along the road for some missing species and after lunch we will head back to Cusco airport and flight to Puerto Maldonado and birding to Lake Sandoval.

Day 28: Oxbow Lake birding, Giant River Otters, Monkeys

Early birding by boat along the lake for several species such as Ringed, Green, Amazon, Green and Rufous, Pygmy Kingfishers, Agami, Capped, Cocoi Herons, Green ibis, Sungrebe, Silvered, Banded Antbirds, Streak Antwren, Long-billed Woodcreeper, Point-tailed Palmcreeper, Hoatzin, Black-cowled Wood-Rail, Paradise, White-winged, White-banded Swallows and many more. And with good luck a family of Giant River Otters & Black Caiman, Red-howler Monkey. After a great first hour of the morning, we will back for breakfast and then some birding along the trails with the chance to find: Cream-colored, Lineated, Ringed Woodpeckers, Crimson-crested, Red-necked Woodpeckers, Great jacamars, Black-tailed, Blue-crowned, Collared, Amazonian Trogons, Amazonian, Rufous, Broad-billed Motmots, Pale-winged Trumpeter, Curl-crested, Ivory-billed, Letter, Chestnut-eared Aracaris, Buff-throated, Cinnamon-throated, Elegant, Inambari, Wedge-billed, Plain-brown, Long-tailed Woodcreepers, Black-faced, White-browed, Chestnut-tailed, Gray, White-throated Antbirds, Purple-throated, Bare-necked Fruitcrow, Golden-Collared Toucanet, Emerald Toucanet, Curl-crested Aracari, Chestnut-eared Aracari, Ivory-billed Aracari and many more.

Day 29: Oxbow Morning birding & afternoon transfer to Puerto Maldonado

Morning birding along the trails and after we will start our trip back to Puerto Maldonado. After nice lunch in our favorite restaurant will do some birding for the Purus, White-throated, Bluish-fronted Jacamars, Straight-billed Woodcreeper, Hooded Tanager, Red-bellied, Blue-headed Macaws, Rusty-backed Antbird, white-faced whistling-duck, Brazilian Teal, Southern, Pied Lapwings, Collared Plover and many more

Day 30: Biggest Macaw Clay Lick & Flight to Lima

Early drive and boat ride to the upper Tambopata River with the chance to find Orinoco Goose, Razor-Billed Curassow, and with good luck Jaguar, Tapir, or even Puma. Chuncho Macaw Clay Lick is considered the biggest and diversity in the world. Where every morning macaws, parrots, and parakeets meet here to socialize and get some minerals from the river bank (cliff) as important for their diet. We can see here: Red & Green, Blue & Yellow, Scarlet, Chestnut-fronted, Macaws, Mealy, Yellow-crowned, Blue-headed Parrots, Dusky-headed, White-eye Parakeets with the chance to see toucans, monkeys and several other species of birds at the canopy of the forest. After the amazing morning, we turn back the same way to Puerto Maldonado for the afternoon flight to Lima and connections.

Have an Amazing Birding Holiday in Peru!

TOUR TIME 30 DAYS & 29 NIGHTS
GROUP SIZE From 2 to 6 People + Guide
TOUR DATES Tour Calendar and Custom Dates at ANY TIME
PRICE PER PERSON USD $ 9,500
PRICE FROM TWO-PERSON USD $ 8,000 per person
GROUP PRIZE USD $ 7,000 per person from 3 people to 6 people
SINGLE ROOM USD $ 1,000 per person
ESTIMATE # SPECIES 850 - 1000
ACCOMMODATION Comfortable to Basic hotels with private toilet, hot water & wi-fi according to locations
EASY OF BIRDING Easy to moderate with some challenging species
PHOTOGRAPHIC CHANCE Excellent
INCLUDE Domestic flights, hotel, lodges, meals, entrance fee, transport, guide
NOT INCLUDE International flights, any alcoholic drinks, laundry, phone calls, extra activities. tips

 

  • My husband and I wanted to see the birds of southern Peru so we choose Peru Birding Tours, operated by Omar Diaz. There were many combinations of places and length of time, so we did a 19-day trip which included Machu Picchu, Manu Road and the Amazon basin. Omar did not disappoint us as the birds abounded wherever we went. We stayed at comfortable lodges and in some cases, quite remote, where the only way to reach the lodge was by motorized boat. There was limited electrical power in these areas so candle light was necessary in the evenings, but we did not mind since we were tired birders by then. Meals were also good as we enjoyed Peruvian cuisine. Omar is a fantastic guide and with a somewhat flexible schedule, he tried to maximize the opportunity and experience of our trip.

  • I took the Tambopata birding tour Peru Birding Tours this last May. This company never conducts a tour with a complement of more 5 people so that the value for money is exceptional. On this occasion I was the only participant, and although I had to pay a supplement of 20% for the price for the tour, it was well worth the extra cost to have one-on-one personal guidance. From age 18 and now retired, I have birded off and on in the U K, North America (with, Audubon chapters), Sri Lanka, East Africa, South and Central America. But never have I experienced such intensive skillful birding. My guide Omar Diaz, an ornithologist with extraordinary expertise, did the up-most to get me so see as many birds as possible. He has made his own vocal recordings of all the species found in this part of the Peruvian Amazon. Despite unseasonable wet weather throughout the tour, Omar made it his business that I add as many species as possible to my life list. Of particular value were the 2 days spent surveying the mixed habitat in and around Puerto Maldonado. Most travelers coming to Madre de Dios want to make a ‘bee line’ for the rain forest and the Tambopata Nature Reserve. But it is also essential to check out open country around this river town if one is a serious birder seeking to extend their life list. Oh, and by the way, Omar coached me in bird photography, I being a total novice with new untested equipment was able to take a few creditable pictures.

  • A group of 6 friends took the Machu Picchu Manu Road Classic 13-day tour in late September. It was fantastic. We were never disappointed. Everything was great. We were able to spot over 460 bird species in a variety of habitats--ocean, cloud forest, jungle, high Andes. we saw a number of endemics and Omar Diaz, our guide, made sure that we were able to see these incredible birds. The accommodations were very comfortable from a variety of remote mountain and rustic Amazonian lodges to three star hotels in the cities. The food was tasty and gave us an opportunity to taste Peruvian cuisine. The vans we traveled in were clean and safe and our drivers were always concerned with our safety. Omar is an excellent guide and is very patient and informative about the birding experience. He took extra efforts to make sure that all of us saw the birds that we were interested in seeing. He took to time to assure that all of our needs were met and that we were gaining the experience that we wanted. Omar was flexible with our tour and he arranged for tickets for us to climb Huayna Picchu while at Machu Picchu. This was an exciting add on for us. We all were very satisfied with our tour and I would heartily recommend Peru Birding Tours to anyone who is looking for a good tour. Being that this is a Peruvian company, the value for money spent is well worth going with this operator.

  • We contacted Omar a few months ago to add on a two-day birding trip to Santa Eulalia, after a group birding tour to Northern Peru. Omar emailed us two days before our scheduled trip date and informed us some landslides on the road due to heavy raining, he would not be able to completed the tour as planned. But he still met us at Lima airport as scheduled, explained the situation, offered alternative plan. Although we declined his alternative plan and decided to head home early, we are deeply impressed by his professionalism and honesty. Knowing he is someone you can count on, we would not hesitate to schedule birding trip with Omar and Peru Birding Tours in Peru and other destinations in South America. Thank you Omar, we will see you next time.

  • Based on excellent reviews for PBT 19-day birding tour, we booked the same for May 2017. The entire trip was fantastic, covering a cross section from the dry west coast to the highlands, Andes, and Amazonia. Best of all, we saw more than 350 bird species, photographed 274 species, of which 213 were new to us!!! Top of the list were Andean Cock of the Rock, Horned Screamer, Hoatzin, countless hummers, trogons, and parrots galore. We also saw 13 species of mammals, including giant river otters, tayra, and 5 species of monkeys. Lodging and food were first-rate, even gourmet, which was surprising in remote lodges in Amazonia that could be reached only by boat. We were happy to see that PBT owner Omar Diaz limits the tour size to 6 people. Since 4 would-be participants on our tour canceled, my spouse and I ended up with a private tour! Omar led the first half of the trip, followed by Saulo Lima. Both guides were excellent and customized the tour for our photography interests, working hard to find the birds and maximize our chances of taking quality photographs. Omar handled all the logistics perfectly, including 2 plane flights, 2 train trips, van drivers, and all the boat trips. Oops - almost forgot about the bus trips to and from Machu Picchu. The World Heritage site surpassed all our expectations.

  • Our group of 6 went from the Pacific to Machu Picchu to the Amazon jungle. In all, we saw over 550 species of birds, 5 types of monkeys, a tapir, sloth, ant eater along with many other creatures. Omar was a wonderful guide and made sure that everyone had an opportunity to see everything. Make sure you bring your camera and plenty of insect repellent. I would highly recommend using this company if you are planning a trip to Peru and would like a guide.

  • Our group of six just returned from a 16-day birding tour starting in Lima through Machu Picchu, Manu Road, cloud forest, Amazon and ending in Puerto Maldonado. What a fabulous adventure!!! Omar, our guide, was the best - friendly, patient, energetic and SO KNOWLEDGEABLE! He knows his birds and where to find them. Our schedule was intense, but worked out flawlessly. We had nice accommodations and great food. Logged in over 550 bird species. I would without hesitation recommend Omar and Peru Birding Tours to any birders. We had a great time and lots of fun. Peru is an amazingly beautiful and diverse country!

  • My wife and I went on a Manu Cloud Forest 5 Day tour with Omar and Peru Birding Tours this past June-July. It was spectacular. We saw 215 lifers in five days, plus plenty of birds we did seen previously but were happy to see again. Bird highlights included Andean Cock-of-the-Rock, Andean (Yungas) Pygmy Owl, Amazonian Umbrellabird, Fiery-Capped Manakin, Barred Fruiteater, Red-crested Cotinga, and Lyre-tailed Nightjar. Mammal highlights included Andean fox, Tayra, and two species of monkey. Omar is a truly expert guide. He is one of the only guides in Peru who knows all of the species of Peru. He knows them all by sound, by sight, by location. In addition to being as knowledgeable a guide as you could find, he is also extremely personable, kind, and accommodating. He is just a pleasure to hang out with. The logistics of the trip went perfectly. He picked us up at our hotel in Cusco, and dropped us off there at the end of the trip. In the meantime, we stayed at Cock-of-the-Rock lodge, and Wayqecha lodge, both of which are really nice places to stay. We also saw lots of birds between Cusco and the Manu road. It is a long drive, but Omar planned stops in beautiful places that allowed us to see more birds and take nice breaks. My only regret is that we did not plan a longer trip, so we could get into the lowlands. I highly recommend Peru Birding Tours.

  • ! Buenos Dias, Omar ¡ I wanted to express my sincere thanks for the great trip you provided Karl and me.  It was the best biding trip I have ever had in my life. I am now in the middle or sorting out and editing all my photos. I miss Peru already! and I miss seeing all of Peru colorful birds. Muchas GraciasDoug Harr

  • Dear Omar: An excellent and honest birder running a high quality birding tour, if you plan to birding in Peru, that is - Simon - Chairman of ITBA

  • I am a pretty good birder, but Omar Diaz spotted at least 200 species that I probably would have overlooked! He knows his birds by sight and sound and is very passionate about his chosen profession. My Dad is not a birder but was extremely impressed by how well organized and professional the trip was. Thanks Omar and Americo! I hope you and your family are doing well. RegardsKen Simonite

  • Thank you Omar for a wonderful time in Peru. You made it all happen for us & took such good care of us throughout the whole trip! California USASusan Gerling Gonzales

  • Many thanks to César, Amerigo, Omar and the entire Peru Birding Tours team for an unforgettable trip to u and Manu Road! USALance Lack

  • This is a small and fairly new business enterprise that has aspirations to gain a larger part of the international birding market and if our (wife and I) trip is anything to go by, they very much deserve to succeed. Firstly, they are reliable and trustworthy, essential when you have to pay upfront as you will be required to do. Omar is the main man but he can hardly be a better guide than our appointed guide - Cesar. In a word, he was amazing. He could spot a bird in a tree across a wide valley and have the telescope (his second wife!) on it before we could find it with binoculars. In fact, never known a guide so proficient with a telescope. Closer by he would hear a bird call in the bush, that we never even detected and was immediately able to identify it and, usually, find it. Cesar English was impeccable, which together with his amiable personality and intelligence, made for easy and pleasant conversation over meals for instance. We only did a 4-night trip over the Manu road but still produced over 200 good sightings - we only count good sightings! This is not the safest of roads but the driver gave us absolutely no cause for concern. In conclusion, I can thoroughly recommend this outfit for any birding trip in Peru and wish them every success in the future.